The Bariatric Services Clinic is operating at full capacity using all precautions to ensure the safety of patients and staff and to prevent infection with the Covid-19 virus.
How do we ensure the safety of our patients?
On the way here, we recommend that you always use a mask and disinfect your hands.
Each patient will get a personal taxi at the port or airport, we use taxis where the driver and customer are separated by a partition.
All patients are tested for Covid-19 the day before the operation, until the answer is received on the morning of the operation, the patients are conveniently located in the Viimsi Spa Hotel, which is right next to the hospital and the distance between the hospital and the hotel can be сovered on foot, the hotel is included in the price.
Only persons who have also been tested for Covid-19 are allowed to stay in hospital and visit the patients.
After surgery, we send patients to the port or airport by private taxi, which has partition.
No Covid patients or staff have been identified at our hospital so far.
We take the situation very seriously – no staff member is allowed to come to work if there are any symptoms of illness or known contact with a Covid positive.
At the moment, it is only possible to come to Estonia without quarantine from countries that are on the so-called Green List, restrictions apply to others
An updated list of risk countries is published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs every Friday and comes into force on Monday of the following week. Please see up-to-date information below: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers#EU%20+%20Schengen
The compulsory self-isolation for people arriving in Estonia depends on whether the relative coronavirus infection rate in their country of origin is above 150. This means that no more than 150 people per 100 000 inhabitants have been infected in the passenger’s country of origin in the past 14 days.
Starting from Friday 15 January, new rules apply for reducing the period of self-isolation upon arriving in Estonia. Anyone not wishing to self-isolate for 10 days after their arrival in Estonia can take a PCR test abroad no earlier than 72 hours before their arrival in Estonia. While in Estonia, a second test can be taken no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. The mandatory 10-day self-isolation does not apply if both tests come back negative. Anyone who has not taken a test up to 72 hours before their arrival in Estonia can take one immediately after their arrival and the second test no earlier than six days after their first test. The 10-day isolation period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.
The period of self-isolation can be reduced only if the passenger presents a PCR test for determining RNA count and can prove they have taken the test and the result is negative. A transcript of test results must be in the Latin or Slavic alphabet in Estonian, Russian or English and it must state the location and time of the test, who took the test and their details, as well as the method (PCR) and result of the test.
Second covid test is organized by Bariatric Services.
After arrival if first test was negative the person must stay in limited self-isolation until the second test result is clear, i.e. the person can go outside to walk and do necessary shopping but unnecessary contacts must be avoided.
***The Government of Estonia approved additional self-isolation rules for passengers arriving from the United Kingdom. The required period of isolation is 14 days instead of 10 days. Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom are also be obligated to remain in isolation for 7 days after their first negative COVID-19 test, and then take another test. If the second test is also negative, they can return to everyday life.
What happens if you should get a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 in Estonia?
In this case, you will inevitably have to remain in quarantine for 14 days, you may also have to do a re-test in the meantime and if it is negative you can end the quarantine earlier.
If severe symptoms occur, the person is hospitalized in a special hospital.
To be insured against such a scenario and the costs involved, we always recommend that you make travel insurance that covers the covid-19 risk, which covers the possible costs of accommodation, hospital and new airfare.
Do not come for surgery if you have symptoms of upper respiratory diseases or suspect that you may have come into contact with a covid-positive person to avoid a situation where you develop Covid-19 when you arrive in Estonia.